by Pam Clark
Jealous believers are people who don’t believe as much as you do, but yet they see the blessings on your life and they want them and it bothers them. They are a true labor of Love because you have to overlook a lot of junk that lashes out to wound you. You can have the best intentions in the world for these people and break open your heart for them, only to find out they seem more than eager to attack you over it.
This is something that even parents will see in their children. The children discern the good their parents have, but don’t understand the principles and elements it took to get them there. You can’t control every human, even those of your own house, but if a teachable spirit is not taught and imparted, this jealous spirit will continually harass people, and if a spirit of rebellion caters to it, you have a lot of problems on your hands.
But we need to discern what is going on and what to do about it. This is definitely a problem in churches where people envy other people’s positions. Who is closest to the pastor, who is on the board, who got the department head position, who has first chair in the choir, etc. etc. We have all seen it, even in the workplace.
The truth is, we have to know our place in God and then let the circumstances around us be what they may. But Ezekiel 8 teaches us about the spirit and image of jealousy.
5 Then He said to me, “Son of man, lift your eyes now toward the north.” So I lifted my eyes toward the north, and there, north of the altar gate, was this image of jealousy in the entrance.
As you can see, there is a problem going to the altar where we find our help and solutions. An image is not something real, it is a representation of something that is real. The Bible talks about how we see as in a mirror, or some translations say looking glass.
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18
We need to discern properly the connection here. This is a big help when we encounter spiritual warfare. Many people are accused by those who project what they see in themselves. If they lie, they will accuse others of lies. If they cheat – in the many ways there is to do that – they will accuse others of cheating, without even having the evidence! In other words, they have “seen” in a mirror!
The devil is famous for doing this. You can know that you have all the best intentions in the world and then be accused of the very thing you are resisting or in the area where you are working to be clean. It has happened to me numerous times. I have spent times in prayer with the Lord over something, asking for His help, wisdom and guidance and deliverances and then get accused by someone of the very thing I am working to be separate and apart from. I am not trying to better than anyone, but I can be accused of that. The truth is I am working on that area and it is really bothering the devil! He is losing ground.
Now here is where we have to discern looking in the mirror to see what might be holding us back, or encountering the “image of jealousy at the entrance” that provokes us. We want to move in and be closer to God, but we are getting attacked and it doesn’t seem to make sense! Aren’t we trying to do it right, aren’t we working on being good and obedient children of God? Well, we are, but there is a problem and we have to discern it!
The problem is the devil and he is working to hinder our access and walk and our revelations in God. At first we might be foolish enough to even think, “Maybe I shouldn’t do this. Who am I to think I can get close to God?” when it is God who is enticing us and inviting us to be closer to Him because of the Love He feels and has for us.
Oh, these things can be tricky! This is where we really need to learn and discern the workings of the spirit realm. We have to decide who matters more to us, this other person or the Lord, and sometimes there are long term consequences. We have to pray to discern what reactions might be there and how they might manifest while also not giving in to fear. We have to determine the long term good we want to see. We have to seek God for His wisdom and will in our lives.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
We may have love and a sound mind, but it is obvious we need a little power, too, and God says here that He has supplied this for us. When we learn how to get past the fear and move in to God, we will receive His power as our heart leans into Him. Then we have to discern how the world around us is responding to that, and some things will be pleasant surprises and some things may possibly manifest as not so pleasant. This is why we need His wisdom.
This is the crucial place where we have to keep our eyes on the goal because God is not going to give us His power to destroy a fellow believer. He is also not the author of destroying you and this is why we need enforcements in the Spiritual realm as well as in the natural. God is a God of order and of peace.
As it says in Romans 13 [NLT] “1Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. 2 So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. 3 For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. 4 The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. 5 So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.
Deuteronomy 6:24 [Old Testament] says “And the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day.” His goal has always been the same.
The increase of God’s government and peace has no end. (Isaiah 9:7) He has Kingdom order and Kingdom authority. And the blessing is in the order, and some have problems with that. But the main thing to know is that we don’t have problems with that if we are choosing God, and we need that teachable spirit to learn Him.
When we get in His order, the channels for the blessings are available. And people can be in different places in different areas of their journey. But the main thing we need to know is where we are, and what causes hindrances, so we can respond correctly to them. There are times when God may put you in a position of Spiritual authority to maintain His Kingdom on the earth. This is not a bad or shameful thing. We should see it as an honor, knowing that at times we will get resistance and warfare, but sometimes it can seem a thankless job. Sometimes we can even feel that we are being taken for granted, but we must look to God as our Source.
We can get promotions in the Kingdom when we understand these things, and those things that seemed impressive in the past are in a new perspective for us now. The Lord may well say to you, “Come up higher.” And from there you will see from a different vantage point and even gain more insights. And with those insights comes new responsibilities and blessings.
The most important thing we can do is to not find ourselves in a competitive position with a fellow believer. That will soon result in offense and maybe even strife, and it’s all over our lack of yielding to God’s Holy Spirit. We will find ourselves out of order and out of the blessings that God and we so want.
There are rewards for doing it God’s ways, even when we don’t understand everything right away and that is why we need that teachable spirit. It is in that teachable place where we have such delightful conversations with God. He is pleased with us, that we want to learn and that we want His Company. He is shrewd enough to not be used, and He is more than generous with hearts that seek His pleasure. We just have to really know what we are seeking. Then we know how to ask properly.
We can be provoked by jealousy, whether it is coming from someone else or even within ourselves. But if we see “the entrance” we can move or ignore the hindrances and open up the gates and let the King of Glory come into our lives. Come up higher! Helping people to comprehend love is an awesome task.